5 Proven Tips I’ve Learned for Effective Goal Setting in 2014

Nearly a year has come and gone and with it some “hits and misses” when it comes to reaching the goals I’ve set for myself this year.  Some were more realistic and achievable than others.  In this post, I’ll share with you via Google Hangouts some tips I’ve learned this year from tracking my goals and how you can use my experience to help further your goal-setting progress in the years ahead.

Watch the companion video to this article below

 To see when I first began tracking my goals in January of 2014, watch the video below or go to this corresponding article: Being a “Guitarpreneur” in 2014.

Ibanez RG4EX1 One Year Anniversary & Review!

On October 31, 2013 I purchased my very first Ibanez RG guitar: an Ibanez RG4EX1 that was my dream guitar at the time (especially the sharktooth inlays)…

The Ibanez RG4EX1: One Year Later

Now, in this Hangout video, I’ve decided to do a “one year later” broadcast on my Ibanez RG4EX1.  I can’t believe I’ve had this guitar for a year now, and I STILL LOVE IT!  (Scroll below to see a link for my “‘New Guitar’ Hangout & Initial Review” video I created one year ago.)

In the video above, I’ll be discussing some of the pros & cons of this particular model, which is very similar to the Ibanez RG350DX & the Ibanez RG470FM (see link below to shop for Ibanez RG Guitars).  I’ll also be demonstrating the great features of the Ibanez RG4EX1 and what I think about the various aspects of these features.

Tending to the Forest of Entrepreneurship

It’s 11:50pm here as I sit at my desk with a turkey sandwich (mayo only), a slice of cheese (on the side), and a mug of milk (2%).  I just finished watching a couple of great interviews on the subject of being an author and an entrepreneur by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant with Joanna Penn as the host.

After watching these interviews, I couldn’t help but think about what I would like to be doing in the coming months and well into next year.  This year has been a year mainly focused on and dedicated to my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course (soon to be completed and released in a DVD version), with little room for much else besides running the many aspects of my business (website admin., YouTube videos, marketing, Social Media, bookkeeping etc.).

As a result, major burnout and overwhelm has occurred for me, and I plan on taking a totally different direction for myself in 2015.  

King James Study Bible, Second Edition Comparison

A New Classic After 25 Years!

Recently I bought a King James Study Bible, Second Edition and decided to compare it with my older, original edition of the same Bible.  So just one day after receiving it, I decided to do a Google+ Hangout comparing the two.

In the video above I’ll be comparing the more recent King James Study Bible, Second Edition with my original edition of the same Bible and show you the similarities and differences of both. I’ll also be covering why I originally wanted to purchase a new Bible in the first place, since I already have various other Bibles with different study features.

The One Book I Try to Read EVERY Year

F.O.C.U.S.

Follow One Course Until Successful.

It’s the one thing that seems to elude me as well as most of the world, especially in the technologically advanced age in which we live.  There are plenty of distractions to tickle our never satiated appetites:

  • The latest new gadget that hits the shelves only weeks after we purchased its predecessor.
  • The constant barrage of the many “To-Do” lists we keep on a daily basis.
  • The never-ending search for so-called “balance” in life between career, family, faith, and personal time.
  • And do you really need all those notifications chirping in your ear or catching your eye to let you know you’ve yet another (unimportant) message from the latest social media time-sucking mini-game?

And this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

Now more than ever the one commodity that people are in short supply of in faminous proportions is FOCUS.

Writing Can Be Great Therapy

Tools of the Trade

Writing can be great therapy, you know. All you really need is paper and pen. I prefer using a specific notebook that’s dedicated to writing your thoughts and ideas—yes, a journal, but a special one; not just any old notebook.

The pen should be special as well; something that will allow you to write fast and not stick to the page or drag along. You need to be able to write as fast as you can; as fas as you can think, preferably.  I recommend Uniball Signo 207 pens as well as Pilot Precise V5 pens.  If you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, you could try Space Pens.

“Why not just use my computer (tablet, etc.) to write,” you may ask. Well, you can, but there’s just something about using a pen to physically pull you in and get you involved in the whole process.